UCC Pirates to take on Quins Masters in Cork T20 Cup opener

The competition administration committee of the Cork T20 Cup have today announced that the opening fixture of the tournament will take place on Friday May 20th and will pit UCC Pirates against Harlequins Masters. While the newly christened ‘Pirates’ eased to a comfortable victory against the same opposition last season, the game could be a much tougher prospect this time around, particularly given that the fixture will take place in Farmers Cross, a ground suited to T20 cricket.

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UCC will be keen to get off to a good start in the group stage of the competition with just the top two teams qualifying for the final on Tuesday August 2nd. Each team will play ten group stage matches as in previous years but, as matches postponed due to weather will be regarded as ‘no result’, early group stage victories could be crucial.